Category Archives: crosswalks

Learning about ‘glasphalt’, tsunami signs & Halloween safety

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Your article [Monday] described the glass look in paving. It actually isn’t sand — it is glass. [It’s called glasphalt.] When recycling began in the late ’60’s, the State of California quickly realized that demand — … Continue reading

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When cyclists must follow rules for cars, pedestrians

Dear Street Smarts, Q: On Thursday morning, while biking with my kids to DeLaveaga Elementary School, I was scolded by the crossing guard for riding my bike against the crossing signal, which had a red hand up. The light at … Continue reading

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Addressing pedestrian, holiday travel safety

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I am wondering if you can help bring attention to an intersection without a stoplight that needs a signal for pedestrians. It is the crosswalk that crosses Water Street at Seabright Avenue. This crosswalk gets a … Continue reading

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Pedestrians and cars can cohabitate on Mission Street

Dear Street Smarts, Q: There are, I think, four places on Mission where the pedestrian is to press a button, causing lights to flash, informing the motorists to stop. The current situation is dangerous. First, the pedestrians cannot see that … Continue reading

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Creating safer, greener modes of transportation for students

Editor’s note: Today’s Street Smarts column comes from Jeanne LePage, a Senior Program Specialist with the Transportation group at Ecology Action. She manages the Safe Routes to School encouragement program. Email her at jlepage@ecoact.org. School morning and afternoon pickups are … Continue reading

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Live Oak neighborhood could use some TLC, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I recently moved into Live Oak area and I like it very much — the families, rich and poor, and the diversity of people. However, I am struck by a few issues that I hope you … Continue reading

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New focus on pedestrian safety through federal grants, website

Pedestrian deaths have been on the rise for the last two years nationwide. In an effort to turn those numbers around, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is making $2 million in pedestrian safety grants available to cities with the … Continue reading

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Looking out for pedestrians

Dear Street Smarts, Q: The crosswalk button on the corner of Soquel and Mission drives, in front of Erik’s Deli, is not working. My employees have to cross back and forth on Soquel multiple times a day when going between … Continue reading

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Talking traffic to DeLaveaga school, commute solutions

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I was interested to read your Street Smarts column about how school traffic has been affected by the La Fonda overpass construction. Ms. Speiser may be accurate in her efforts to help ease traffic by encouraging … Continue reading

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Hwy 1 auxiliary lanes project involves more than freeway construction

Recently, Street Smarts updated the progress being made during the Highway 1 auxiliary lanes project. While gathering information on the congestion relief project, I learned it has helped ease traffic around schools affected by the project. Below is my interview … Continue reading

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